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Teacher of Italian (A Level)

d'Overbroeck'sOxfordshire

The post and the department

This is an opportunity to join a lively and diverse Modern Languages department. We offer a wide range of subjects at A Level, including ‘minority’ languages where the numbers of students taking the subject are typically very small. 

Modern languages are taught across all three sections of the school. 

• In the Sixth Form (the largest section of d’Overbroeck’s) we offer a wide range of foreign languages, with regular A Level groups functioning in French, German and Spanish and the option also being available of taking Italian, Russian, Mandarin and Japanese.

• In our years 7-11 day school, French and Spanish are taught as part of the core curriculum at key stage 3 and both subjects are available as GCSEs in key stage 4. Other foreign languages (including Italian) are available on request as an after-school subject, subject to teacher availability.

Teaching is in small groups which, at A Level, sometimes subdivide to enable second language learners and bilingual/native speakers to progress at appropriate rates. Currently, we have two students in year 12 studying Italian A Level over two years and one native speaker, taught separately, who will take the A Level in June 2022.

These small groups enable us to focus on students’ individual needs and help them to achieve their full potential. We prepare students meticulously for their examinations, but also aim to prepare them for continuation as potential future university language students and equip them to be successful at a higher level. In the end, we want our students, having completed their A level, to be ready to live and work in the target language country – which is the case of quite a few of our alumni. MFL at d’Overbroeck’s is a well-equipped department, with teachers supplementing the use of textbooks and online teaching platforms with specific language-learning software. We have language libraries and film libraries, and encourage all students to read and watch films in their target language, beyond the specification requirements. 

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